Galileo and EGNOS’ success will be determined by their ultimate market penetration. To facilitate this, the FP7 GNSS R&D programme invested in the development of applications geared to public interest and the improvement of the quality of public services across the EU.
The FP7 portfolio consists of over 90 R&D projects, all creating economic value and developing a GNSS capacity in Europe amongst 425 beneficiaries. In particular, SMEs have been increasing their involvement in each of three FP7 calls, accounting for 40% of all participants in GNSS FP7 projects.
The following Success Stories clearly demonstrate that FP7 funding has achieved an important overall impact on the GNSS market.
The project produced a robust and seamless positioning system. The flexible and complete end-to-end system, which has a close-to-market status, is able to provide a position for the container, box or other object at any time during the logistics and transport process.
HEDGE aimed to support the uptake of EGNOS by helicopters and general aviation. It organised a series of demonstrations and flight trials that illustrated the benefits of EGNOS in permitting safer flight operations in low visibility conditions. HEDGE developed the new SBAS Offshore Approach Procedure (SOAP) for offshore helicopter operations.
Mow-by-Sat developed a GNSS-guided robotic lawn mower, paving the way for the industrialisation and commercialisation of GNSS applications geared towards domestic services and outdoor operations.
Smart-Way developed a mobile public transport navigation system that gives users a familiar user experience similar to GPS systems for cars. The SMART-WAY app is available for Dresden (Germany) and Turin (Italy). The application is available for Android smartphones (requires Android 2.0 and up) in the Google Play Store.
Inclusion introduced the first dedicated sat-nav solution specifically designed to support motor impaired people, aimed at improving their mobility in safe conditions. NAVEVO was the first company to launch a dedicated solution called ‘BBNav’, which is now established in every major UK consumer electronics retailer including Halfords, Argos, Amazon and DSGi.
Many European ports will reach full capacity in the coming years. SafePort developed an Active Vessel Traffic Management and Information System (A-VTMIS) to manage vessel movement, ensuring that vessels follow safe paths without conflicting with other vessels and thus improving the efficiency of port operations.
GNSSmeter developed a novel GNSS receiver featuring sophisticated PVT (Position, Velocity, and Time) and metering calculation software. GNSSmeter offers an enhancement to the existing road tolling system. As the GNSSmeter is a generalized meter, it can also be used to meter pollutants. Currently CO2 emissions are measured, but this can be extended to any pollutant once the measurement is defined.
The objective of Liveline was to develop a commercial, secure location sharing service based on EGNOS/EDAS for such vulnerable people as children and the elderly. It accomplished this via an innovative combination of EGNOS / EDAS for position determination with the latest security features applied to the position communication and storage.
Scutum is promoting the wide adoption of satellite navigation-based technologies and services for the management of hazardous goods transport and aims to develop products and services ready for the commercial market, and to launch the relevant standardisation.
The aim of the CoVeL is to develop and commercialise the Lane Navigation Assistant (LNA) – an in-vehicle device that will enable lane-level navigation and lane-level traffic management especially in urban areas. The LNA will use satellite positioning as its primary source, augmenting this data by correction information coming from the EGNOS system.